Dixie Chicks "Fly" Their Own Way

Lilith Fair veterans the Dixie Chicks are wrapping up a major publicity blitz to support their current album, "Fly," which has been at the top of the "Billboard" album charts for the last two weeks.

The ladies have recently made a number of television appearances; they were presenters at last week's 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, and earlier this week, they performed at New York's Central Park at the "Sheryl Crow And Friends" concert. Next week they're off to Nashville for the Country Music Association Awards, where they are up for four CMAs, including Entertainers Of The Year and Best Single for "Wide Open Spaces."

MTV News' Chris Connelly caught up with the Dixie Chicks recently and asked whether the success of "Wide Open Spaces" put extra pressure on them to make another big hit.

"We didn't think that we could beat 'Wide Open Spaces,'" said the Chicks' Natalie Maines, "and I

think that the three of us [now] feel like we did, and that's really what matters, even if everyone else hates it, which we don't want you to. We did make something that we wanted to make, it was even more 'us.' Because we sold so many records, we got to make even more decisions this time, and that was important to us." [RealVideo]

The Dixie Chicks have spent much of 1999 on the road, including a stint on the George Strait Country Music Festival tour, a run as Tim McGraw's opening act, and dates on the aforementioned Lilith Fair outing. The group has just three concerts scheduled for the remainder of 1999, all of which are in Australia. However, recent additions to the Dixie Chicks' U.S. fan base needn't fret: according to the band's official Web site, they are planning an arena tour for the summer of 2000.